Vancouver, BC, Canada - (October 21, 2004) - Carmanah Technologies Corporation (TSX VE: CMH; Berlin and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges: QCX), is pleased to announce that the Union Pacific Railway, a Class One railway in the United States, has ordered $93,000 in Carmanah solar-powered lights.
As a result of an internal assessment of its work yard safety procedures and equipment, the North Platt, Nebraska, rail yard of Union Pacific has ordered 350 units of Carmanah's Model 501 for blue flag protection purposes. This yard represents the largest rail yard in North America.
As legislated in North America by the Federal Railway Authority, a blue flag and/or signal is required when trains are being serviced to indicate that maintenance crews are in the vicinity and the train is to remain stationary. Carmanah's solar-powered LED lights were chosen over competitive blue signal products because of (1) their long lifespan - with no servicing or maintenance, (2) the fact they can be permanently mounted, and (3) the strong 3-year warranty offered by Carmanah. Installation of these units is scheduled for the last week of July 2002.
"This order provides clear indication that Carmanah's solar lighting technology is gaining acceptance in the North American rail industry," stated Art Aylesworth, CEO of Carmanah. "Union Pacific is an industry leader and we are pleased that they have chosen our technology. We look forward to this opportunity to showcase the quality and reliability of our products on a larger scale."
About the Union Pacific Railway
Union Pacific Railroad (www.uprr.com) is one of the largest railroad companies in North America. It operates in the western two-thirds of the United States serving 23 states and linking every major West Coast and Gulf Coast port. The company operates on approximately 33,500 miles of track with 153,000 railcars and employs 48,000 people. In addition to its facilities at North Platt, Nebraska, Union Pacific operates 15 other major rail yards.
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